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Out shooting birds

This week, instead of posting one picture, I want to post a few that I took during our ring road trip last week. Our final two nights were spent at Kolkuós, a historic trading post that some idiots wanted to turn into the main garbage dumping site for north Iceland. [It’s the same morons who want to build a brand new aluminium smelter in Skagaströnd, on the other side of the peninsula from Skagarfjörður. The mind boggles.] Thankfully Valgeir and Guðrún, the same people who run the Icelandic Emigration Museum in Hofsós, stepped in with the help of some powerful friends and were able to thwart those plans. They have now restored an old building that was located on the site, and made a gorgeous sort of guest house that is rented out to groups [and which we had the privilege of having all to ourselves for two nights – but that’s another story].

Kolkuós is an amazing place – so beautiful, and also so infused with energy, possibly [partly] because it is situated at the estuary of two rivers, that come together there and merge with the ocean. The place is absolutely TEEMING with birds and I was in my element with the camera raised, trying to capture them. In the end it was kind of hard not to, since they were everywhere – although I will say to my credit that they were pretty skittish. Here are a few of my favourites.

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Oh, and the answer to last Monday’s little quiz? It was: KIWI. [Though here in Iceland, no one ever uses the name loðber, and everyone always uses the name kiwi.] Thanks to all of you who commented here and on Facebook.

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